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Alcoa Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and rough conditions


  2. "Controller"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, great employees, nice employee resource groups

    Cons

    management does not care about the employees or work-life balance, no succession planning

  3. "Not very ambitious"

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Alcoa walks the talk in safety and integrity. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Despite the external message talking about being a new company, there is a huge resistance for change. Status quo is maintained at all costs. There are no clear targets for growth or desire to be leader in something. In summary, very low ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Try new leaders, internal and external. See what other companies and industries are doing right. Be bolder and faster.


  4. "Old time company old time values"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is better than most for high performers

    Cons

    Raw focus on metrics ignores work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Old time company old time values, key to success is to produce results. Aggressive targets set and expectation is that the targets will be met. Focus on doing the right thing even if it disappoints those above


  5. "Good for experience but not worth making into a long term career."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Safety culture
    Well developed JSAs,work instructions
    Well maintained equipment
    Disciplined work force
    Up to date technology
    Clean facility
    Profit sharing

    Cons

    Low wages
    Extremely dangerous
    Temperature in facility is well over 100 degrees in some areas
    Favoritism
    Hard labor
    Under staffed


  6. "Salaried Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits and sometimes work hours

    Cons

    Forget human even being a part of the department title, shared serivices is where we are supposed to direct you and don't think HR really cares or listens cause if you are someone who speaks up, is a whistle blower or anyone with real ethics you will be black listed and they will work you right out. And your "voice" only matters are far as the survey goes, fluff to make you happy around survey time but real change that really matters won't happen. And the scum that doesn't work or isn't worth a darn will still be there as long as they kiss backside to the plant manager.

    Advice to Management

    Production only happens when you have happy hourly workers- that's your real bread and butter, you should treat them better.


  7. "Glad to be gone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting manufacturing process at the plant

    Cons

    More about the company than the employees

  8. "Good people. Bad company"

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    Former Freelancer - Procurement in Knoxville, TN
    Former Freelancer - Procurement in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of hard working and committed people have worked for the company for a long time.

    Cons

    Goals are set out of thin air and management pushes extremely hard and when they aren't met management scrambles to redefine the goals or simply creates a work of fiction. There is no loyalty to the employees from a corporate level. Many take assignments overseas only to find they have no job when the assignment is over.


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    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Whitehall, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Whitehall, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible core hours, great coworkers, balance of office and floor work can be good, gain experience using very broad range of skills, exciting industry

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, micromanagement, growing workload with little commitment to adding resources, end of month shipping strategy creates roller coaster effect, very small bonuses, raises are rare, vacation policy, little room for career advancement


  10. "meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary and work environment

    Cons

    Company tends to stretch its resources


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